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    Vol. 78, No. 8, August 2005

    In the News

    New Hires, Promotions, Partners

    Ryan J. Bird, Marquette 2001, has joined Herzog & O'Connor P.C., Scottsdale, Ariz., as an associate, focusing on insurance defense and plaintiffs' personal injury work. He previously was an associate at Padway & Padway Ltd., Milwaukee.

    Robert B. Blazewick, Marquette 1987, has been promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps and has become deputy division director in the JAG Corps general litigation division.

    Daniel A. Gruhn Drew A. Richards



    Daniel A. Gruhn, U.W. 2004, and Drew A. Richards, U.W. 2005, have joined Corneille Law Group LLC, Madison.

    Timothy H. Lindau, Marquette 2005, has joined Nowlan & Mouat LLP, Janesville, as an associate, practicing primarily in litigation.

    Justin Martell


    Justin Martell, Valparaiso 2001, has joined the Milwaukee office of Wessels & Pautsch P.C., a management-side labor and employment law firm. He previously was a U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate and an associate professor of business law at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Keith C. Boyle Colin L. Fairman Douglas M. Poland


    Fairman Poland

    Several attorneys have joined Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Kevin C. Boyle, Michigan 2004, has joined the environmental and energy practice group in the Milwaukee office. Colin L. Fairman, U.W. 2001, and Douglas M. Poland, Loyola-Chicago 1994 summa cum laude, have joined the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. Fairman focuses on intellectual property matters, with an emphasis in biotechnology and nanotechnology. Poland, a shareholder, focuses on the defense of class action and commercial matters, with an emphasis in product liability, toxic tort, and consumer fraud litigation. He previously was with the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

    J. Ryan Miller, Marquette 2001 cum laude, has joined the New York office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy as an associate in the litigation group. He previously was with Clifford Chance US LLP.

    Three attorneys have joined Murphy Desmond S.C, Madison. Jeffrey J. Bartzen, U.W. 1991, focuses on business and real estate law. Erin R. Ogden, Chicago-Kent 2003, focuses on intellectual property matters. Tom Olson, U.W. 1969, focuses on business law.

    Two attorneys have joined Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, as associates. Stephanie M. Erickson, Marquette 2005 cum laude, and Erin H. Martin, Marquette 2005 cum laude, focus on environmental and insurance litigation.

    Daniel O'Callaghan, U.W. 2005, and Neil B. Stekloff, Connecticut 1998 with high honors, have joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. O'Callaghan is an associate in the land and resources practice group in the Waukesha office, focusing on real estate, land use, and environmental law. Stekloff is an associate in the employment relations practice group in the Milwaukee office, representing employers in all aspects of employment law.

    Jarrod J. Papendorf, Valparaiso 1993, has joined Menn Law Firm Ltd., Appleton, practicing in personal injury, insurance defense, worker's compensation, and family law. He previously was with McCanna, Dudas, Kewley & Papendorf S.C., Appleton.

    Matthew L. Storms, Case Western Reserve 1996, has been called to active duty as a captain with the Wisconsin Army National Guard 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry for overseas deployment. He is with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Madison.

    Elizabeth R. Sundquist


    Elizabeth R. Sundquist, Marquette 2003, has joined McCoy & Hofbauer S.C., Waukesha, as an associate, focusing on complex litigation, municipal law, and commercial and residential real estate litigation.

    Claudia J. Egan Melissa A. Abbott



    Claudia J. Egan, U.W. 1996, has become a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper s.c., focusing on complex commercial transactions and computer and technology law issues, particularly electronic medical records, system security, and hardware and software acquisition. Melissa A. Abbott, U.W. 2002, has joined the firm's Madison office as an associate, focusing on estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and gift tax planning, and related tax work.

    Rodney J. Uphoff, U.W. 1976, has become director of the University of Missouri South African Educational Program. He previously was associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School.

    Mergers, Relocations, New Associations

    The lawyers of Quale Hartmann, Baraboo/Sauk City, have joined Boardman Law Firm, Madison, and will practice under the name Boardman Quale Hartmann.

    Walter F. Kelly


    Walter F. Kelly, Boston College 1968, has relocated his practice, Walter F. Kelly S.C., to 700 W. Michigan St., Suite 400, Milwaukee, and also has become of counsel to Hawks, Quindel, Ehlke & Perry.

    Maxwell & Baldwin LLP has relocated to 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3235, Milwaukee. The firm continues to focus on bankruptcy, criminal defense, and family law.

    Thomas G. Ryan, UCLA 1975, has relocated from Phoenix to the Las Vegas office of Lewis and Roca LLP. Ryan has had multiple listings in editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the business litigation category.

    Glenn M. Stoddard, U.W. 1994, has opened a solo practice at 130 S. Barstow St., Suite 2C, Eau Claire, focusing on environmental, land use, employment, civil rights, local government, and administrative law. He previously was a partner with Garvey & Stoddard S.C., Madison. He also has been named 2005 Environmental Advocate of the Year by the Clean Water Action Council of Northeastern Wisconsin.

    Authors, Speakers

    Daniel J. La Fave, Northwestern 1992 with honors, has authored "Remedying the Confusion Between Statutes of Limitations and Statutes of Repose in Wisconsin - A Conceptual Guide," Marquette Law Review (Summer 2005). He is a partner with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP, focusing on product liability counseling and litigation.

    Daryll J. Neuser, U.W. 1999, has authored "How to Conduct Effective Internal Investigations of Workplace Matters," Employee Relations Law Journal (Spring 2005). He is with the Madison office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

    Appointments, Elections

    The Ashland-Bayfield County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - H. Craig Haukaas, Washburn; vice president - John R. Carlson, Washburn; and secretary/treasurer - Joseph C. Crawford, La Pointe.

    Randall E. Bennett, U.W. 1988, has become chair of the State Bar Intellectual Property Section. He is director of legal services for Plexus Corp., headquartered in Neenah.

    Mark J. Bradley, U.W. 1977, has been elected vice president of the U.W. System Board of Regents. He is a shareholder with Ruder Ware, Wausau, and is chair of the firm's trusts and estates practice group.

    The Brown County Women's Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jodi L. Murphy, Green Bay; vice president of membership - Jennifer T. Olson, Green Bay; vice president of meetings - Christina L. Peterson, De Pere; and treasurer - Paula J. Lynch, Green Bay.

    Gina Carter, Georgetown 1986, has been named head of the newly created credit union practice group at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. She is with the firm's Madison office.

    The Dane County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Marsha M. Mansfield; president-elect - John R. Sweeney; secretary - Marta T. Meyers; and treasurer - David R. Friedman, all of Madison.

    The Door County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Victor D. Brooks; president-elect - Jon R. Pinkert; secretary - Rodney Duquaine; and treasurer - Richard A. Hauser, all of Sturgeon Bay.

    The Door-Kewaunee County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Mark W. Hunter, Green Bay; president-elect - Andrew P. Naze, Kewaunee; and secretary/treasurer - Jeffrey R. Wisnicky, Algoma.

    The Eau Claire County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Daniel R. Freund; president-elect - Christopher M. Seelen; secretary - AmyAnn W. Mursu; and treasurer - Stephen C. Nick, all of Eau Claire.

    Kelly M. Fortier, Loyola-Chicago 2003 magna cum laude, has been elected secretary of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is an associate with the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, focusing on immigration and employee benefits law.

    Ross L. Kodner


    Ross L. Kodner, Marquette 1986, has been appointed chair of the knowledge management committee of the Open Legal Standards Panel, which focuses on creating the industry standard in corporate law department practice. Kodner recently was appointed to the advisory board for ABA Techshow and to the board for Legal Electronic Documents Institute.

    Kodner, CEO and senior legal technologist of MicroLaw, Glendale, also authored "Law Practice Business 101: The ROLTI Factor - Teaching Lawyers to Think Like Businesspeople," Legal Management (March/April 2005) and spoke on this topic at the Association of Legal Administrators' annual conference in San Francisco in April.

    The League of Wisconsin Municipalities - Municipal Attorneys has elected the following officers: president - Michael J. Morse, Menomonee Falls; and secretary - Linda U. Burke, Milwaukee.

    The Lincoln County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jill L. Laufenberg, Merrill; president-elect - John M. Schellpfeffer, Wausau; and secretary/treasurer - Gerald J. Hersil, Merrill.

    The Manitowoc County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Steven R. Alpert; president-elect - Lee H. Kummer; and secretary/treasurer - Robert P. Dewane, all of Manitowoc.

    The Marathon County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Russell W. Wilson; president-elect - Gregory J. Strasser; secretary - Cari L. Westerhof; and treasurer - Virginia L. Erdman, all of Wausau.

    David W. Marquez


    David W. Marquez, U.W. 1973, has been appointed Alaska Attorney General by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

    The Marinette County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Stephen F. Matty; president-elect - DeShea D. Morrow; and secretary/treasurer - Joseph J. Klumb, all of Marinette.

    The Milwaukee Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Pamela Pepper; president-elect - Michael J. Skwierawski; vice president - David A. Westrup; and secretary/treasurer - Patricia A. Hintz, all of Milwaukee.

    The Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association has elected the following officers: president - Benjamin S. Wagner; president-elect - Jeaneen J. Dehring; secretary - Gary D. Lippow; and treasurer - Scott B. Franklin, all of Milwaukee.

    The Oconto County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Edward D. Burke Jr.; and secretary/treasurer - Brent H. DeBord, both of Oconto.

    The Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Steven M. Michlig; vice president - Patrick H. Finlan; secretary - Todd R. McEldowney; and treasurer - Gary S. Cirilli, all of Rhinelander.

    The Outagamie County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Robin Lee Koch, New London; president-elect - Valerie J. Goodrich, Appleton; secretary - Christopher G. Sitzmann, Appleton; and treasurer - Robert T. Kemps, Appleton.

    The Racine County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Timothy S. Knurr; president-elect - Wynne P. Laufenberg; secretary - Carrie R. Michelson; and treasurer - Bernard J. Powers, all of Racine.

    The Rock County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Duffy Dillon, Janesville; vice president - Jonathan W. Groessl, Janesville; secretary - Amy M. Larkey, Janesville; and treasurer - Matthew T. Roethe, Edgerton.

    Rebecca L. Salawdeh


    Rebecca L. Salawdeh, U.W. 1996, has been appointed to the board of the National Employment Lawyers Association, an organization of employment attorneys who represent plaintiffs in all areas of employment litigation. She is with Urban & Taylor s.c., Milwaukee, where she concentrates on employee rights litigation.

    Thomas R. Schrimpf, Marquette 1977, has been elected to the executive committee at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He is a partner in the Milwaukee office and focuses on commercial litigation and appellate practice, with an emphasis in insurance coverage, employment law, and environmental law.

    The St. Croix Valley Bar Association (Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties) has elected the following officers: president - Jason M. Fey, Hudson; president-elect - Michelle W. Heckmann, River Falls; secretary - Robert A. Parsons, River Falls; and treasurer - Anne E. Schmiege, New Richmond.

    The Waukesha County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Eric A. Love, Milwaukee; president-elect - Hon. J. Mac Davis, Waukesha; and secretary/treasurer - Marjorie A. Wendt, Brookfield.

    The Waupaca County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Jeffrey J. Siewert, Waupaca; president-elect - Kaye E. Anderson, Waupaca; and secretary/treasurer - Robin L. Koch, New London.

    The Hon. Mel Flanagan, U.W. 1984, and the Hon. Jeffrey Kremers, U.W. 1975, have been appointed deputy chief judges for the First Judicial Administrative District (which encompasses the Milwaukee County Circuit Court's 47 branches) by the incoming chief judge, the Hon. Kitty K. Brennan, U.W. 1977. The judges' administrative duties include budgeting, managing personnel, and communicating with the county board.

    Lisa M. Gingerich Leslye A. Herrmann



    Lisa M. Gingerich, California Western 1994 (Dean's scholar), and Leslye A. Herrmann, Chicago 1992 with honors, have been appointed leaders of the health care practice group at Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper s.c. Gingerich focuses on antitrust, business affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, fraud and abuse, tax exemption, and corporate compliance. Herrmann focuses on assisting clients with complex regulatory requirements with an emphasis on Medicare and Medicaid compliance.

    David G. Walsh, Harvard 1970, has been elected president of the U.W. System Board of Regents. He is a partner in the Madison office of Foley & Lardner LLP, focusing on business transactions, estate planning, and telecommunications law.

    The Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Michael J. Modl; president-elect - Jennifer Sloan Lattis; secretary - Robert E. Shumaker; and treasurer - Gregory T. Everts, all of Madison.

    The Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers has elected the following officers: president - Coral D. Pleas; president-elect - Alexis R. Liggins; secretary - Antonique C. Williams; and treasurer - Rodney A. DeWalt, all of Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association has elected the following officers: president - Thomas J. Pienkos; president-elect - Richard T. Roche; and secretary/treasurer - John H. D'Antico, all of Milwaukee.

    The Wood County Bar Association has elected the following officers: president - Amy Boettcher; and secretary/treasurer - Gary J. Kryshak, both of Wisconsin Rapids.

    Awards, Degrees, Honors

    John D. Emory Jr.


    John D. Emory Jr., U.W. 1997, received the Governor's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Gov. Jim Doyle and the Wisconsin chapter of the Entrepreneur's Organization. He is managing director of Emory Business Advisors LLC, Milwaukee.

    The Hon. Michael P. Sullivan, Michigan 1968, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milwaukee Bar Association at the association's annual meeting. Sullivan is chief judge of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

    Nathan Fishbach, Villanova 1977, and William J. Mulligan, Marquette 1960, received Lawyer of the Year awards. Fishbach is with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Milwaukee, and Mulligan is with Davis & Kuelthau S.C., Milwaukee.

    Frank Pasternak


    Frank Pasternak, John Marshall 1995, was voted "Best Attorney" in CNI Newspapers' "Best of the Burbs" survey, published in June 2005. He practices plaintiffs' personal injury and wrongful death litigation at Frank Pasternak & Associates S.C., Wauwatosa.

    Karen M. Schapiro, Northwestern 1985, received a Great Lakes Stewardship Award from the Alliance for the Great Lakes in recognition of her pro bono work on a Clean Water Act lawsuit. She is with the Brookfield office of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. and practices environmental law.

    Eric W. Schulze, Marquette 1997, received an LL.M. in employee benefits law, with honors, from John Marshall Law School. He is in-house counsel for Allstate Insurance Co., Northbrook, Ill.

    The corporate/mergers and acquisitions (M&A), real estate, and general commercial litigation practices at Godfrey & Kahn S.C. have been recognized as among the top groups statewide in a listing of "America's Leading Business Lawyers 2005," compiled by Chambers & Partners. Individual attorneys recognized for corporate/M&A work are John A. Dickens, U.W. 1981, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Northwestern 1968, and Nicholas P. Wahl, U.W. 1990, all of the Milwaukee office, and Michael E. Skindrud, U.W. 1975, of the Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. Individual attorneys recognized for real estate are Steve L. Chernof, U.W. 1968, and Michael J. Dwyer, Michigan 1978.

    In Memoriam

    Robert L. Kamholz Jr., Michigan 1978, Milwaukee, July 5, 1953 - May 28, 2005.

    William C. Koenig, U.W. 1950, Pewaukee, Nov. 28, 1926 - April 5, 2005.

    Donald R. McCallum, U.W. 1960, Stoughton, July 21, 1930 - June 4, 2005.

    Gaylord Nelson, U.W. 1942, Kensington, Md., June 4, 1916 - July 3, 2005.

    Roger D. Parish, University of Bridgeport 1988, Reeseville, July 31, 1939 - May 28, 2005.

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